Obesity Has Gone Global

More than 10 percent of adults worldwide are now obese. Obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are no longer Western problems or problems of wealthy nations.

Global growth: More than 10 percent of adults worldwide are now obese, according to a new study published in the latest Lancet. "Obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are no longer Western problems or problems of wealthy nations," senior study author Majid Ezzati, of Imperial College London's School of Public Health, said in a prepared statement. "Their presence has shifted toward low and middle income countries, making them global problems." Cancer deaths are predicted to surge in Asia, Africa and Latin America in the next decade, thanks in large part to changes in lifestyle, such as poor diet and tobacco use.

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'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

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  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
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  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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It marks a major shift in the government's battle against the opioid crisis.

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  • The nation's sixth-largest drug distributor is facing criminal charges related to failing to report suspicious drug orders, among other things.
  • It marks the first time a drug company has faced criminal charges for distributing opioids.
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